August

  • The Fellowship orientation

September

  • School analysis: mission and vision, educational program
  • Hold 40 board connector meetings

October

  • Board green-lighting meetings begin
  • School analysis: budget, school, calendar, schedule, and organization chart

November

  • Facilities and curriculum training
  • Board members green-lighted

December

  • First board meeting
  • BES concept paper

January

  • One month residency at high-performing charter school
  • Monthly board meetings begin

February

  • Founding board retreat; committees formed
  • Charter school finance training

March

  • Completed charter application and attachments to BES
  • Interview preparation begins

April

  • Board committees meet
  • Application submitted to authorizer

May

  • Pre-interview with authorizer
  • Board reviews application for capacity interview

June

  • Authorizer capacity interview
  • School analysis: budget, school calendar, schedule, and organization chart

July

  • Application approved

August

  • BES governing board retreat
  • Student orientation training

Exact timeline varies by location

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